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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Aadhar issuing body, has asked schools not to make Aadhar number mandatory for admission to schools. Asking for the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar number a pre-condition for student admission will be against the recent order of the Supreme Court, UIDAI authorities said.
UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI that he is aware of the reports that some schools are asking for Aadhaar cards for student admission. “This is not right. This is not as per the provisions of law…school admission and other facilities to children cannot be made conditional to production of Aadhaar,” Pandey said.
“Schools should admit children without Aadhaar and ensure that children are given Aadhaar once they are in schools by arranging special camps for them,” he added.
UIDAI has asked the school authorities and their management to ensure that no child is denied admission for lack of Aadhaar. Pandey added, doing so would be considered as “contempt of court”.
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